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What Is Root Beer Made From?

La Crosse, WI, United States / KICKS 106.3
After Charles Hires created his root beer mix, pharmacists started adding the drink to sweetened carbonated water. … The sassafras root, a key ingredient in root beer
Root beer is a carbonated soft drink which was originally made using the root of the sassafras plant. … In addition to sassafras, other root beer flavorings include vanilla, wintergreen, licorice rootsarsaparilla root, nutmeg, acacia, anise, molasses, cinnamon, clove, and honey.
Common flavorings are vanilla, wintergreen, cherry tree bark, licorice root, sarsaparilla root, nutmeg, acacia, anisemolassescinnamonsweet birch, and honey. Soybean protein is sometimes used to create a foamy quality, and caramel coloring is used to make the beverage brown.

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